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Beyond Cana Ministry

Beyond Cana logo photoBeyond Cana® offers the time and tools to enrich and strengthen healthy marriages — with God and His direction for us at the center. This retreat is designed to enrich the marriages of couples who want to focus on the communication, respect, love, and intimacy that are so integral to a good marriage. A blend of spiritual and practical talks, reflection, and prayer are combined with useful tools designed to improve communication and your relationship with your spouse — even if it’s good now. All this is done from a Catholic perspective, with an understanding of marriage as a sacrament.

Our Next Retreat

Because of COVID-19, Beyond Cana is going virtual this year. In celebration of Marriage, the Beyond Cana Marriage Outreach presents four 1-hour events on Thursdays in February (February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2021). Sign in begins at 6:45 pm, and the events start at 7 pm. Events will include a couple’s panel that will discuss Marriage and COVID-19, Father Roger Keeler will talk about the Sacrament of Marriage, Deacon Mike and Cathy Portele will talk on the biblical concept of Marriage, and the final event will be an evening of music with David Kauffman. For more information, please call Jo Anne and Dave Dimitriou at 210.618.6672 or send an email to beyondcanaretreat@gmail.com. There is no cost for the event, and once your email address is registered, a Zoom meeting number will be provided. This is open to all married couples regardless of how long you have been married or if you have attended the Beyond Cana Marriage Enrichment Weekend. ALL MARRIED COUPLES ARE WELCOME!

Time Alone

couple3In today’s world where busy-ness is virtuous, wouldn’t it be great to grab some time just for the two of you? Each couple is given time alone to discuss issues important to their marriage and their relationship. No one will observe or interfere in any way with each couple’s time alone. Nor will you be required to share any of your discussions. Spiritual time is interspersed throughout the weekend — time for reflection, forgiveness, sharing the Word of God, and each other.

Hear From Other Couples

Beyond Cana® uses a communications tool that guides you to identify, focus, and deal with issues that challenge your relationship in an intimate, safe environment—just you, your spouse, and God. Read what other couples have said about their Beyond Cana retreat experience here: Past Retreatants.


February 2020 Beyond Cana Retreatants